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vol-0 - afnix installation guide


Installation Guide
Maintainer Notes
Release Notes


This chapter describes the installation procedures for the AFNIX writing system distribution. This chapter explains how to set and compile this distribution.

Software distribution
The complete distribution can be downloaded from the AFNIX home page. The result is a complete source tree that is ready for compilation. The distribution contains also the documentation as well as examples. The distribution is supported on a variety of platforms as indicated below that can be either 32 bits or 64 bits machines. The distribution is also available at the FreeBSD port collection.

PlatformProcessorOperating system
LinuxX86-32, X86-64, IA64, SPARC-32, SPARC-64Linux 2.4 and 2.6
FreeBSDX86-32, X86-64, IA-64, SPARC-32, SPARC-64FreeBSD 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
DarwinPPC-32, PPC-64, X86-32, X86-64MacOS X 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 S
GnuX86-32, X86-64GNU KBSD, GNU Hurd

Specific processors like the Alpha, M68K, ARM, MIPS and SUPERH are also supported on certain distributions. The PowerPC (PPC) processor is primarily supported with the Darwin platform (MACOS) and is also working with the Linux platform. The Solaris SPARC platform has been discontinued. Do not hesitate to contact the development team for specific processor or platform support.

Installation procedure
The core software is written in C++. It has been successfully built with the GNU GCC 3and GCC 4. No other compiler have been tested. You will also need the GNU Makepackage. With some distributions the command is called gmake. Note that the Makefilehierarchy is designed to operate safely with the -jGNU Makeoption.

Unpacking the distribution
The distribution is available as a compressed tar file. Note that the documentation is distributed in a separate file. The following command unpacks the distribution.

zsh> gzip -d afnix-src-[version].tar.gz
zsh> tar  xf afnix-src-[version].tar

Quick command reference
The list of commands to execute is given in the example below. A detailed description for each command is given hereafter. The make worldcommand is the default command that builds the whole tree with the default compiler.

zsh> ./cnf/bin/afnix-setup -o --prefix=/usr/local/afnix
zsh> make status
zsh> make [-j]
zsh> make test
zsh> make install
zsh> make clean

With some platforms, the makecommand should be replaced by the gmakecommand. The make statuscommand is optional and can be used to report the internal value contents. In particular, the version and the installation parameters are reported.

The afnix-setupcommand can be invoked to setup a particular configuration. You should have your compiler on your search path. Normally, the command given below is enough.

zsh> ./cnf/bin/afnix-setup -o --prefix=/usr/local/afnix

This command checks that the target platform can be detected and configured. The -ooption configures the compilation in optimized mode. Use the -goption can be used to configure the build process in debug mode. The --prefixoption sets the installation directory. Note that the compilation process is done in the distribution tree and that the --prefixoption affects only the installation operations. The -voption is the verbose option. Other options are available for fine tuning.

-hPrint a help messagen/a
-vSet the verbose moden/a
-gSet the debug modeyes
-oSet the optimized modeno
--helpSame as -hn/a
--prefixSet the target install directory/usr/local
--shrdirSet the shared install directory/usr/local/share
--altdirSet the alternate install directory/usr/local
--sdkdirSet the system kit directoryplatform dependent
--compilerSet the default compilerplatform dependent
--proctypeSet the processor typegeneric
--dynamicCompile and link dynamicallyyes
--staticCompile and link staticallyno
--openmpEnable the optional openmp compilationno

The prefixoption set the root installation directory. The binary and library installation directories are derived from it. The shrdirset the shared installation directory which is normally used for the installation of the manual pages on most popular systems. the altdirsets the alternate installation directory. Normally this path should be empty as it affects the path for the etcdirectory. This flag should be used when using a prefix to unusual destination. the sdkdiroption sets the path of the platform system development kit. This option is only used with the Darwinplatform. The compileroption can be used to force a particular compiler with the help of a compiler configuration file. The proctypeoption can be used to force a particular processor architecture. The -sor --staticoption can be used to build a static executable. Normally, this option should not be used since it restrict the use of extension modules. The dynamiccontrols whether or not the dynamic libraries should be built. This option is detected automatically for a particular platform and should be used only by package maintainer. There exists also specific options which are mostly for package maintainers. At this time, the build process integrates the Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora specific packaging mechanism.

--packageSet the type of package to supportnone
--pkgbinSet the optional package bin directorynone
--pkglibSet the optional package lib directorynone
--pkgprjSet the optional package project directorynone
--pkghdrSet the optional package header directorynone
--pkgetcSet the optional package etc directorynone
--pkgmanSet the optional package manual directorynone
--pkgdocSet the optional package documentation directorynone
--pkgwwwSet the optional package www directorynone

Compiling the distribution
The compilation process is straightforward. With some platforms, the makeaccepts the -jthat enables concurrent operations.

zsh> make [-j]

This will build the complete distribution locally. If an error occurs, it is best to report it at the ( AFNIX bug reportmail address.

Testing the distribution
The distribution contains all test suites. The test suites are compiled and executed with the following command.

zsh> make test

This command run the test suites for each library as well as the test suites for each application client. Most of the base library test suites are written in C++ with the application test suites written in the core writing system.

Installing the distribution
Once the system has been built and tested, it can be installed. By default, the distribution tree is installed into the /usr/localdirectory. This can be overwritten with the --prefixoption during the configuration process.

zsh> make install

There are several variables that controls the behavior of the installrule. Each variable has its default value sets during the setup configuration. However, this variable can also be altered during the installation process

PREFIXThe root install directory/usr/local
SHRDIRThe shared install directory/usr/local/share
ALTDIRThe shared alternate directory/usr/local/etc
SDKDIRThe system kit directoryplatform dependent
BINDIRThe binary install directoryprefix/bin
LIBDIRThe library install directoryprefix/lib
HDRDIRThe header files install directoryprefix/include/afnix
ETCDIRThe extra files install directoryaltdir/etc/afnix

Installing the documentation
The documentation is installed independently of the software. The docrule builds the documentation and the publishrule installs the documentation. Several variables also control the documentation installation path.

DOCDIRThe documentation install directoryshrdir/doc/afnix
MANDIRThe manual pages install directoryshrdir/man

Cleaning the distribution
The distribution is cleaned with the cleanrule.

zsh> make clean

This rule does not clean the configuration. For a complete cleaning the resetrule is more appropriate.

zsh> make reset

Running AFNIX
The axicommand invokes the interpreter. In order to operate properly, the LD_LIBRARY_PATHenvironment variable must be configured with the directory containing the shared libraries. If the libraries have been installed in a standard location like /usr/local/lib, there is nothing to do.

Running some example
The directory expcontains various examples which can be run. Each example is labeled according to their use in the volume 1 of the documentation set. Example 0101.alsprints the message hello world. Example 0501.alsprints various information about the system configuration.

zsh> axi 0501
major version number   : 2
minor version number   : 2
patch version number   : 0
interpreter version    : 2.2.0
operating system name  : linux
operating system type  : unix
afnix official uri     :

Special features
The build process provides several features that permits to customize the compilation process as well as the nature of the final executable. Most of the time, these options are reserved for the package maintainer and are given below for illustration purpose.

Target customization
The distribution can be configured to operate on a specific machine target. For example, a typical Linux box will be compiled with the default compiler target, which is the 386 processor. You can force the compilation to be optimized for a particular processor. This is done with the --proctypeoption of the afnix-setupcommand. Currently the distribution supports the 586and 686architectures for the Intel platform. The ultraarchitecture is valid for the SPARC platform.

zsh> cnf/bin/afnix-setup -o --prefix=/usr/local

This command will configure the distribution to be compiled specifically for the Pentium architecture.

Special target extensions
Extensions are specific libraries or executables which are not build automatically during the build process. The user is responsible to decide which extension is needed for the system All extensions are located under the src/extdirectory. Simply going into the appropriate directory and running the makecommand will build the extension. The asiextension creates a static interpreter with all libraries automatically included in the final executable. The extension is simply build with the following command. Note that this extension overwrite the previous executable in the bld/bindirectory.

zsh> make -C src/ext/asi

Extra files
The distribution comes with some extra files. The most important is the Emacs mode afnix-mode. The original source file is written in Emacs Lisp and is available in the etcdirectory of the distribution. This file should be installed according to the current Emacs installation.


This chapter contains additional notes for the package maintainer. They are also useful for anybody who is in charge of integrating the distribution in a build process. The chapter describes the distribution tree with more details.

The distribution tree
The distribution tree is composed of various directories. Each of them has a Makefilewhich can be called locally or from the top level.

This directory contains the configuration distribution and various utilities. Normally you should not touch it, unless you are using a compiler different than gcc.

This directory contains the complete source tree. The source code is written in C++. Normally this directory is left untouched. If there are good reasons to modify it, please contact the development team.

This directory contains the complete test suites. The test suites are used by various programs including the main interpreter, the compiler and the debugger. It shall be noted that the library distribution also includes specific test suites.

This directory contains the complete documentation written in in XML with a special DTD. It should be left untouched.

This directory contains various files associated with the distribution. Some files are useful to be copied.

This directory contains various examples. They are included for illustration purpose.

The process of building a package solely depends on the distribution type. Most likely, the standard distribution should contain the binary executables as well as some configuration file and the manual pages. The documentation and the development header files can put in separate packages.

Configuration and setup
The configuration process involves the use of the afnix-setupcommand located in the cnf/bindirectory. This command is used to configure the distribution. Package maintainers are encouraged to use it with specific options.

Platform detection
The afnix-guesscommand is used during the configuration process to detect a supported platform. This command can be run in stand-alone mode. Various options can be used to tune the type of information requested.

-hPrint a help message
-nPrint the platform name
-vPrint the platform version
-MPrint the platform major number
-mPrint the platform minor number
-pPrint the platform patch number
-tPrint the processor type

Without option, the utility prints a platform and processor description string.

zsh> ./cnf/bin/afnix-guess

Platform defaults
The directory cnf/defcontains a platform specific default file. The file determines what is the default compiler and linking mode. This file is used by the afnix-setupcommand. For example, the afnix-darwin.deffile contains:

compiler: gcc
lktype  : dynamic
lkmode  : dylib

Such options instructs the configuration utility, that the default compiler is gccand the linking mode should operates in dynamic mode by using the dylibrule. These default values can be overwritten with the equivalent option of the afnix-setupcommand. Note that the compiler version is automatically detected by the system. The afnix-vcompcommand will return the appropriate compiler version running on the target system.

C++ source file conventions
THe source tree has two types of C++ files. The first type has the extension .cxxand the second type has the extension .cpp. The .cxx-- and the associated .hxx-- files are only used to indicate a system dependency. These files are found only in the src/lib/pltdirectory. The .cxxextension indicates that the file might use system specific include files. The .cpp-- and the associated .hpp-- files are the normal C++ source files. The .cppextension is used to indicate that these files will not use a system specific file. By default this rule is enforced in the compiler configuration file by specifying some compiler flags which do not authorize such access.

Configuration files
The configurations files are located in the cnf/makdirectory. Normally they should be left untouched. The most important one is the afnix-rule.makfile that defines most of the compilation and linking rules. Additionally, during the setup operation, the afnix-setupcommand creates several files in the bld/cnfdirectory. The bldis the build directory. The afnix-plat.makfile is the platform configuration file and the afnix-comp.makis a link to the appropriate compiler configuration file.

Normally, the compilation process is immediate. Just invoking the makecommand will do the job. However, some package maintainer have the desire to overwrite some flags. Some options are provided to facilitate this task.

This flag can be used to add some compilation flags for all .cppfiles.

This flag can be used to add some compilation flags for all .cxxfiles.

This flag can be used to add some compilation definitions for all source files.

This flag can be used to add some compilation paths for the .cxxfiles.

For example, it is common to have some maintainer to compile with both the debug and optimize flags. This can be done with the following command (assuming an optimized configuration):


All include files, compiled libraries and executables are placed in the blddirectory. This directory contains the bld/binfor binaries, bld/libfor libraries and bld/hdrfor the header files.

Building the package
The package can be built by accessing the blddirectory or by invoking the installrule. The second method is not recommended for package construction, since it might trigger some file installation without any control. The etcdirectory contains some special files that might be used for the package construction. A sample list of them is given hereafter.

This file is the Emacs mode.

This file is the debugger Emacs gud mode.

Specific makefile rules
The top level Makefilecontains several rules that might be useful for the package maintainer.

This rule show the configuration status for each parameters with the version.

This rule invokes the default configuration in debug mode.

This rule invokes the default configuration in optimized mode.

This rule invokes the default configuration in debug mode and compile the whole distribution. The default install directory is /usr/local.

This rule invokes the default configuration in optimized mode and compile the whole distribution. The default install directory is /usr/local.

This rule runs all test suites.

This rule builds the documentation.

This rule builds the distribution.

This rule installs the distribution.

This rule installs the documentation.

This rule cleans the distribution but keep the configuration.

This rule resets the distribution including the configuration.


This chapter contains the release notes for the differents releases. Release notes are given in descending order for a particular version. The standard notation is major.minor.patchwhich represents respectively, the major, minor and patch number. A major version number changes indicates a substantial change in the distribution, including new tools, application interface and license. A minor version number change indicates noticeable change, with or without new tools but without application interface change nor license change. Finally, a patch number change indicates a simple change to fix problem. There is no additional features in a patch nor an application interface change.

Release 2.6

Release features

Core engine: release 2.6.0
This is the relase 2.6.0. The code has been updated to better support c++/11 for both gcc and clang.

Xml module: character entity reference
The processing of character entity reference has been substantially changed to adhere fully with the xml specification.

Spreadsheet module: importer object
The spreadsheet importer has been updated and a csv reader has been added. The importation process has also been revisited.

Security module: tls certificate update
The security module has been updated to support the tls. This include moving to a 6 bits mersenne-twister and adding a tls certificate block.

Math module: start of statistical law
The normal deviate has been added.

Geometry service
A new geometry service has been adedd to the distribution. This provides support for modeling various shapes and solids.

Cloud data analytics service
The streamable objects has been added to the cloud data analytics service.

Release 2.5

Release features

Core engine: release 2.5.2
This is the relase 2.5.2. The release includes support for the GCC 5 / CLANG 5 compilers suite. Thank’s to Martin Michlmayr for pointing this out.

Core engine: release 2.5.1
This is the relase 2.5.1. This is an emergency release that fixes a bug in the uri percent encoding which can be downloaded from here . It’s amazing that it was not found before.

Core engine: clang compiler with C++11 support
The system infrastructure has been cleaned to support the clang compiler. The code has also been cleaned to support the C++11 standard which is now the compilation default.

Core engine: standard library
A Styleobject to support ina generic way the formating operation for the literal objects. Consequently, most of the literal objects have been cleaned and now support a formatmethod that operates with a Styleargument. The PrintTableobject has been enhanced to support column extension and column style.

Math module: natural logarithm and mgs solver
The lnmethod is now the standard prefered name for the natural logarithm. Several bugs have been fixed in the real matrix implementation with respect to the openmp implementation. A new solver based on the Modified Gram-Schmidt algorithm. has been added. Note also that the direct solver interface has been updated.

Working module: partial uri name
The Uriclass has been enhanced to support partial uri path extraction.

Spreadsheet module: global enhancements
The spreadsheet module has been considerably overhauled. A new object Lstackhas been added as a literal stack which can be bound to the cell as a literal array. The sheet formating has been also revisited to make profit of the new Styleobject has well as the printable transformation.

System module: performance meter
The Meterobject has been added as a mean to help for the performance measurements.

Physics service: nuclear constants
A preliminary set of nuclear physics constants have been added.

Cloud service: workspace stream
The Workspaceobject has been enhanced to support output stream.

Web service: json mime
A JsonMimeobject has been added. It is designed to translate various object into a Javascript object notation format. At this time, only the real data samples Rsamplesobject is supported.

Xml module: unicode conversion
The unicode conversion with reference has been updated to adapt itself to the stream or buffer encoding during a write process.

Release 2.4

Release features

Core engine: unicode 6.3.0
The Unicode 6.3.0 database is now supported in this release.

Core engine: containers
The standard object incorporates an alias table which enables the mapping of property name in a plist. The Trieobject has been enhanced to support a reference index. The trie name mapping is now obtained with the to-namesmethod.

Core modules: sio module
The Intercomobject has been enhanced to support a buffered serialization which was somehow mandatory when operating in udp mode.

Core modules: net module
Numerous deadlocks in the socket class have been fixed as well as udp inconsistencies.

Core modules: mth module
The QmrKrylov solver has been added as part as the iterative solver family. The krylov convergence test has also been improved. The Qrsolver has been added as part as the direct solver family. The sparse matrix has been enhanced to support a generic iterator. The whole solver architecture has been revisited and is now a class based architecture with a type driven factory. Numerous bugs have been fixed. Vector and matrix now support row permutations.

Core engine: parallel support
This release incorporates an experimental support for OpenMP. The OpenMP threads are compatible with the afnix threads and support is initially available in the math module. This option must be enabled explicitelly in the build setup to be effective.

Core engine: cloud service
The session user registration id has been enhanced. The concept of cloud service is available throuh the generic Xaasobject, and more specifically with the Saasobject. The Workspaceobject has been enhanced with a public zone.

Release 2.3

Release features

Core engine: release 2.3.2
This is the relase 2.3.2. The release fixes the real samples array serialization.

Core engine: release 2.3.1
This is the release 2.3.1. Release 2.3.0 was an internal work which has not been distributed.

Core engine: interpreter line read
The interpreter object can read a line or a passphrase from the attached terminal.

Core engine: interpreter daemon and librarian
The interpreter can be put in daemon mode. This mean that a new detached processed is spawned with the interpreter attached to it. The librarian has been simplified and the loader integrated inside the interpreter.

Core engine: input stream
The input steam nom implements a stream consumption method designed to accumulate a stream content into the stream buffer. Subsequently, the buffer can be converted into a string. The serialization of eos has been fixed.

Core engine: string resolver
The resolver has been enhanced to map a file into a string. This methodology also applies to file present in a librarian.

Core engine: property list
The Plistobject has been enhanced to better support the merging operation.

Core engine: unicode 6.2.0
The Unicode 6.2.0 database is now supported in this release.

Core modules: mth module
The real matrix and vector implementation has been redesigned to support a unique sparse representation. The serialization has also been added to these objects.

Core modules: csm module
The cloud object set has enhanced with an intercom cloud object which simplify the transmission of registered cloud object. A cart and a cart set object have been added as a mean to store cloud object. The session object and sessions set objects have been added. The session object has been enhanced to produce the associated session cookie, with an augmented session closing mechanism.

Core modules: nwg module
The UriPathobject has been added as a uri path manipulator for http server.

Core services: phy service
The silicon energy gap has been fixed to the standard value. The periodic table structure has been revisited.

Core services: wax service
The xhtml form elements have been added to the service. A base element class has been also added to almost all elements. The base class provides support for setting the common element attributes.

Release 2.2

Release features

Core engine: hurd platform
The Hurd platform is now supported in this release. Thanks to our contributor for delivering this new platform.

Core engine: unicode 6.0.0
The Unicode 6.0.0 database is now supported in this release.

Core engine: object updates
The lexical analyzer is now an object in its own. It can be used to construct other object from a string description.

Core modules: mth module
An automatic linear system verification has been added to the linear solver. Jacobi preconditionner have been added to the Krylov solvers and Newton solvers have been improved.

Core services: phy service
The periodic table of the elements is under construction and should be completed soon. The table will provides the information for each elements, including name, symbol and other physical constants. The suport for intrinsic carrier concentration is now available. This is a cryptic feature for people working on semiconductors.

Release 2.1

Release features

Core engine: superh processor
The SuperH processor is now supported in this release. The SuperH is a 32 bits processor.

Core engine: nan real number
The implementation now supports the concepts of Not a Numberor NAN as a whole. A real object can set and tested for NAN.

Core engine: indirect librarian resolver
The resolver has been enhanced to support indirect librarian reference.

Core modules: csm module
The personnal information managementmodule has been renamed into the cloud session managementor afnix-csmmodule.

Core modules: mth module
The mathmodule has been dramatically enhanced. The Rsamplesobject has been added for storing data samples. Function and polynomial objects have added to support generic function computation. The non-linear Newton system solver has been added as an object.

Core services: svg service
The Scalable Vector Graphicservice has been added. The service provides the support for the SVG 1.1 standard and allows the automatic generation of SVG compliant code.

Core services: phy service
The Physicsservice has been added. The service provides the support for standard physics operations. In particular, the most common physical constants are defined in this service.

Release history

08/24/2011: release 2.1.1
AFNIX 2.1.1 has been released. This is an emergency release that corrects a small problem in the clean rule with the static directory.

Release 2.0

Release features

Core engine: standard objects
The BlockBufferobject has been added to the standard object library. Furthermore, the Bufferhas been adapted to operate as a base class for the block buffer and the shlmethod has been added to the buffer object as a mean to shift the buffer. As consequence, the default operating mode for a buffer is the BYTEmode. When operating with strings, the UTF8mode might be more suitable. The BitSetobject has been renamed to Bitsetand the interface has been cleaned. The Vectorhas been cleaned. The object-ppredicate has been fixed.

Core engine: thread engine
The thread engine has been completly redesigned and extensivelly tested on 32 and 64 bits platforms. It is no longer a problem to operate with more than 32K threads simultanesouly. Furthermore, the concept of thread pool has been added to the engine. The end-ppredicate has been added to the thread object to indicate a succesful thread completion.

Core engine: form reader
The Readerobject has been added as a form reader. The reader parses an input stream and produces a form until the end-of-stream. The Readerprovides the support for string based execution.

Core engine: default librarian module
The Librarianobject has been enhanced to support the concept of default exeution module. When such module and when the interpreter is requested to do so, the module is automatically loaded during the execution.

Core modules: nwg module
The HttpProtodefault version has been move to 1.1 for both the request and response objects.

Core modules: sio module
The InputMappedclass has been enhanced to provide the facility for mapping buffer as well as acting as a null character generator. The OuputBufferobject has been added as a buffer output stream. With the addition of a form reader, the interpreter communication class Intercomhas been added to the standard i/o module.

Core modules: xml module
The XneCondobject has been enhanced to support various xml object. The XmlPihas been enhanced to support attributes derivation from the string value.

Core modules: itu module
The itumodule is a new module. It has been added with a complete support for the ASN.1 standard. ASN.1 is essential for the support of certificates.

Core clients: axs client
The axsclient has been removed from the core distribution. All of the client functionalities are now available in the spreadsheet module.

Release 1.9

Release features

Core engine: object unreference
The long awaited unrefreserved keyword has been added as a mechanism to unreference a symbol.

Core engine: object predicate
The object-ppredicate has been added as a standard predicate. The predicate is the negation of the nil-pstandard predicate. The method-ppredicate has also been added as a standard predicate.

Core engine: stop/resume parsing
The file stream parsing has been enhanced with the help of the stop «and resume »characters. When the stop characters is found, all parsing operations are suspended until a resume character is found.

Core engine: extended exception attribute
The aboutsymbol has been added to the exception object as extended exception reason. For a given reason, the file name and line number is added to the exception reason.

Core engine: string objects
The Strvecstring vector class has been added to the core library. The class is similar to the Vectorclass except that it operates with strings and provides additional strings related methods.

Core engine: counter object
The Counterobject has been added as a reserved object. The counter is designed to be used directly in loop.

Core engine: library cleaning
The core library has been extensively cleaned in preparation for the next major release. In particular, numerous memory leaks have been removed and some classes derivations have been fixed. A major bug in the closure argument counting has also been discovered and fixed during this process.

Core module: sio module
The Pathnameobject has been enhanced to detect the type of path associated with the object. Additionally, a normalizemethod has been added.

Core module: sio module
The FileInfoobject has been added to the module. The class provides an immediate access to the principal file parameters such like it size or its modification time.

Core module: sio module
The NamedFifoobject has been added to the module. The class provides the support for a large string based fifo with file saving capabilities.

Core modules: nwg module
Several predicates and functions related to media type conversion have been added to the module. In particular, a media type extension conversion has been implemented. The HttpResponseclass has been enhanced with several methods for status code checking.

Core modules: sec module
Support for the Digital Standard Algorithm, (aka DSA) as specified by FIPS-PUB 186-3 has been added to the library. The implementation incorporates several new objects to manipulate signatures.

Core modules: sec module
The RC2block cipher algorithm has been added to the module.

Distribution: documentation
The documentation distribution rules have been rewritten and the "publish" rule has been added.

Release 1.8

Release features

Build process: reset rule
The distcleantop level makefile rule has been renamed as reset.

Core engine: stream object
The stream engine has been cleaned with a new architecture. Two new objects InputStreamand OutputStreamacts as the foundation of this new design.

Core modules: nwg module
The HttpProto, HttpRequestand HttpResponseobjects have been completely rewritten. In the new model, both objects can operate on the server and client side. The HttpReplyobject has been removed.

Core modules: sec module
The Sha224hash function has been added. This class concludes the implementation of all SHA family hash functions. The Desclass that supports the DES stream cipher has been added to the library.

Core modules: xml module
The XmlRootclass has been enhanced in order to ease the declaration node existence verification as well as the encoding mode extraction.

Release 1.7

Release features

Core clients: random engine seeding
A new option controls the seeding of the random engine. By default, in debug mode, the random engine is not seeded unless requested by the user. In optimized mode, which is the normal mode, the random engine is seeded at initialization.

Core engine: base number object
The long awaited base number object has been added. The Numberobject serves the Integer, Real, and Relatifobjects. The base number object is designed to ease the task of formatting numbers.

Core engine: relatif number enhancements
The relatif number object has been enhanced to support extra methods that are used for large number computation. This include the power and gcd computation which are used by the cryptographic engine. In addition, the base arithmetic relatif methods have been optimized and certain corner bugs in the division fixed.

Core engine: unicode database
The core engine has been updated with the new Unicode 5.1.0 database.

Core engine: serious bugs
A serious bug in the form synchronize engine that would cause an engine crash when a form is nil has been fixed.

Core modules: sio module
A new object called Pathlisthas been added to support the manipulation of path list. The object is designed to ease the file name resolution in the presence of search path. The module has also been extensively cleaned.

Core modules: mth module
A new module called afnix-mthhas been added to the standard distribution. The module is designed to integrate the base mathematical functions and objects available in the engine. With such introduction, the random number generation has been moved into this module. Additionally, the functions needed to generate prime numbers have been added to this module.

Core modules: sec module
A new module called afnix-sechas been added to the standard distribution. The module is designed to integrate the security functions and cryptographic objects.Two new hasher objects have been added to the security module. The Md2object implements the MD2 message digest algorithm as described in RFC 1319. The Md4object implements the MD4 message digest algorithm as described in RFC 1320. The standard key derivation functions KDF1 and KDF2 have been added to the security module. The asymmetric cipher RSA has also been added to the security module and the Keyobject has been updated to reflect this.

Release history

09/01/2008: release 1.7.1
AFNIX 1.7.1, the « An Armor release » has been released. This is an emergency release that corrects a major problem within the evaluation process. Although, the problem has been fixed, it involves a large piece of code, with a major redesign of the evaluation engine. It is therefore recommended to upgrade the engine immediately.

08/08/2008: release 1.7.0
AFNIX 1.7.0, the « An Armor release » has been released. This is a major release that incorporates numerous new features in the field of cryptography. The release also incorporates the latest 5.1.0 Unicode database.

Release 1.6

Release features

Core engine: object collection redesign
The core engine has been seriously modified to accommodate for a new object collection system (aka garbage collection). The new system is more robust and provides new mechanism that will permit to reclaim cyclic structure as well as destroying global object on demand.

Core engine: macos x support
The core engine has been adapted to support the new MACOS X Leopard operating system.

Release history

01/01/2008: release 1.6.0
AFNIX 1.6.0 has been released. This release provides is an intermediate candidate toward another major release. The most important thing is that the object collection engine has been redesigned and that MACOS X Leopard is now supported.

Release 1.5

Release features

Core engine: unicode 5.0 support
The core engine continues to be updated in order to better support the Unicode 5.0 standard. With this release, the string normalization scheme is now in place and used by default internally. This implies among other things, a better support for multiple diacritics as well as the beginning of the standard collation algorithm.

Core engine: log file support
The Loggerbase class has been enhanced to support the generation of a log file. An output stream can now be bound to the object.

Core engine: class defer support
The concept of class deferobject has been added to the Classobject. The defermode is the opposite of the infermode and provides a mechanism for base class creation.

Core engine: print table header
The PrintTableobject has been enhanced to support the concept of table header.

Core engine: exception re-throwing
The exception object whatcan be thrown with the reserved keyword throw. This provides a mechanism to re-throw an exception.

Core engine: critical bug with return form
A critical bug in the core engine affecting the behavior of the returnreserved keyword in a tryblock has been fixed. A return form inside a try block was incorrectly generating an exception which was subsequently caught by the try block.

Core modules: net module
The base network module has been enhanced to better operate with IPV6. In particular, when both IPV4 and IPV6 stacks are present and a host name (typically localhost) have an address entry, the socket constructor make sure it can build an object. The IPV6 address display has been rewritten.

Core modules: sio module
A new object called Pathnamehas been added to support the manipulation of system path. In addition, two new functions mkdirand mhdirhave been also added to support the directory creation, both normally and hierarchically.

Core modules: nwg module
The Urihas been dramatically enhanced to conform to the RFC 3986. In particular, the path representation for urn is now working properly. The cookie object has been massaged to support the cookie version 1, although it does not seem to be supported (yet!) by the browsers.

Core modules: xml module
The xml module has been enhanced with a new parsing system called the simple model. In the simple model, nodes are parsed in a linear fashion. The node content is available in the form of a string and its interpretation is at the user discretion.

Core service: wax service
The afnix-wamservice has been renamed as afnix-wax. The service has also been updated with two new objects, namely the XmlMimeand XhtmlMimewhich permits to build a mime representation of an xml tree. Several xhtml objects have also been added to complete the collection. This include the XhtmlScriptfor example.

Core service: xpe service
The afnix-xpeservice has been added as a new service. The xml processing environment (xpe) provides a xml processor that permits manipulate the whole xml tree with the help of various xml processor features. In particular, the service provides the support for the xml include extension.

Core projects: apx project
This release incorporates for the first time, the concept of core project, which represents a librarian or an application. The first project is the AFNIX protocol extension or apxwhich is a message based protocol designed to transport request/reply messages within a client/server environment. The message is built with the xml library and the librarian provides the encapsulation layer.

Core projects: amd project
The AFNIX media dumper or amdproject is a complete application designed to illustrate the design of an application. The application permits to dump an uri content into a file.

Release history

06/08/2007: release 1.5.2
AFNIX 1.5.2 has been released. This is a minor release that fixes the build process with GCC 4.2.

04/21/2007: release 1.5.1
AFNIX 1.5.1 has been released. This is a minor release that fixes the documentation targets during the build process.

04/18/2007: release 1.5.0
AFNIX 1.5.0 has been released. This release provides a xml processor in the form of a new service module called ’xml processing environment’ or xpe. The whole documentation generation is now fully automated, thanks to the new xml processor. This release also provides a better support for the ’web application extension’ or wax service. The support for the GNU/FreeBSD platform has also been added in this release. As usual, this release comes with its wagon of bug fixes, notably this time in the network field especially with IPV6 on the FreeBSD platform.

Release 1.4

Release features

Core engine: unicode 5.0 support
The core engine has been substantially changed to support the new Unicode 5.0 standard. As of now, the engine is in place internally, but not fully activated. In particular, the string normalization is implemented but not activated. The next release should incorporate the full system with a change that should be transparent to the user.

Core language: instance inference
An instance inference mechanism -- which is equivalent to the concept of virtual constructor -- has been added to the core engine. Such system permits to derive top instance from a base instance construction.

Core language: print table object
The PrintTableobject has been enhanced with a dumpmethod similar to the formatmethod.

Core language: property list object
The Propertyand the Plistobjects have been added to the standard library. a property is name/value pair. The property list object is an iterable object that stores property objects.

Core modules: xml module
A new module called afnix-xmlhas been added. The module provides the foundation for a full xml 1.0/1.1 support. The module also includes a parser that permits to build xml tree. A xml tree writer is also part of the module functionality. A xml processor is not yet available and is expected in the next release.

Core modules: nwg module
A new module called afnix-nwghas been added. The module provides the support for the network working groupobjects such like Uriobject. The module also provides the foundation for the mime support.

Core modules: web module
The afnix-webmodule has been removed and replaced by the afnix-wamservice.

Core service: wam service
The afnix-wamservice has been added as the first service into the core distribution. A service differs from a module in the sense that it is a combination of different modules. The web application managementservice depends on the xml and nwg modules. The service provides all the functionality to support a http session, including xhtml page generation and cgi request reply.

Release history

01/28/2007: release 1.4.3
This release is a minor release that fixes the "install" rule in the etc directory.

01/01/2007: release 1.4.2
This release is a minor release that fixes the tcp socket read method that incorrectly handles a connection reset by the peer. The Timeclass also incorporates a small fix for the to-rfcmethod.

11/09/2006: release 1.4.1
This release is a minor release that fixes the lexer for not parsing correctly some floating point numbers. The standard i/o documentation is also fixed. A print media support is now available in the documentation.

11/06/2006: release 1.4.0
This release incorporates the Unicode 5.0 standard as well as a brand new xml module. This release also introduces the concept of service module, which provides additional functionalities on top of regular modules. A new service module called web application managementor wamis also introduced with this release. This service module is based on the newly created xml module and replaces the old web module which has been obsoleted immediately.

Release 1.3

Release features

Core language: ISO-8859 transcoding support
The core engine has been modified to integrate a character transcoder that permits the support all ISO-8859codesets which are mostly used for the encoding of european and arabic characters. Depending on the locale settings, the transcoder automatically remaps the 8 bits characters into their respective unicode character. All clients have been updated to detect their associated locale and to set automatically the appropriate transcoder. A new option -ehas been added to force a particular encoding.

Core language: Logger base class
A logging base class has been added. The logging facility provides the interface to store messages by time and level. This class is further extended in the modules.

Core language: Heap class
A heap class has been added. The heap can operate in ascending or descending mode. This class can be used to support priority queue.

Core language: Option class
An option class has been added in order to ease the option capture when designing an application. The class permits to define the valid options and offer a powerful retrieval mechanism.

Core language: Date class
The Timeclass has been completely changed and a new Dateclass has been added. The new mechanism provides a better separation between the time and the date, increase the date range and authorizes the support for multiple calendar.

Client: cross spreadsheet client
The axsclient has been modified to support the axs:insert-marker, axs:insert-headerand insert-footercontrol commands.

Core modules: speadsheet module
The Folioand Sheetclasses have been substantially updated to support additional information. The Sheetalso supports the concept of markers that marks the sheet columns by literals. The concept of column tagging has been added with the associated search methods. All classes also contain an information field. The importation mechanism now supports a cons cell that defines both the cell name and the cell value.

Core modules: web module
The Tableclass has been modified to support the concept of table data header. The associated methods have been added to the class and a new HtmlThhas been added. The concept of tag propagation has also been added. If a tag element already exists, this one is not added. This is particularly true for the classtag that is now part of the class constructor. The HtmlPageclass has been put in strict conformance with xhtml 1.1 and the XHtmlpageclass has been removed.

Core modules: pim module
A new module called the afnix-pimmodule has been added to the base distribution. The personal information management or pimmodule is designed to ease the management of personal information and agenda.

Core modules: gfx module
A new module called the afnix-gfxmodule has been added to the base distribution. The module contains the base class that supports the graph data structure which was previously part of the standard library.

Release 1.2

Release features

Core language: Unicode support
The core engine has been substantially modified to integrate the support for Unicode characters. Depending on the system settings the reader automatically adjust itself to operate in byte mode or in UTF-8 mode. The Stringand Characterclasses are now operating with a Unicode representation. The design of an Unicode based engine also impacts several classes like the Regex, Bufferand stream classes. A new class called Byteis also designed to handle byte character. A new stream model with a base Streamclass has also been added. The full support with Unicode character is not yet completed. In particular, certain codesets are not supported at all. This is particularly true with case-conversion functions.

Core language: orphan instance and reparenting
The object model now supports the creation of orphan instancewhich is an instance without a class attached to it. The instance can be later bound to a class and such class can even be changed during the course of the program execution.

Core modules: network module
The Addressclass has been updated to reflect the access to address aliases.

Core modules: text processing module
The Literateclass has been updated to reflect the support of Unicode characters. The class can operate both in byte mode or in Unicode character mode.

Release 1.1

Release features

Core language: Large file support
Support for the large file system has been added in the base distribution. All input/output operations as long as they are supported by the operating system are now done in 64 bits mode.

Core libraries: Secure hash algorithm
The cryptographic library incorporates the support for the SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512 hash algorithms.

Core libraries: Standard symmetric cipher
The cryptographic library incorporates the support for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as a symmetric cipher.

Core libraries: ODC library renamed
The ODC library has been renamed to SPS which stands for spreadsheet library. This new name is considered more appropriate for the function the library achieves.

Core libraries: xhtml 1.1 support
The XhtmlPara class is now configured to support XHTML 1.1 with utf-8 encoding.

Documentation: XML based documentation
The documentation has been rewritten completely in XML. A DTD as well as the necessary XSLT style sheets have also been designed to produce a professional documentation which can be used for printing or for online browsing.

Release history

10/04/2005: release 1.1.2
This release incorporates a fix for a terminal capability error.

08/25/2005: release 1.1.1
This release incorporates fixes for several build problems with the FreeBSD platform.

08/19/2005: release 1.1.0
The 1.1 release is yet another milestone that incorporates a full redesign of the documentation tree as well as the inclusion of the cryptographic library that features some original implementations. The full documentation is now available in XML format and can be accessed online.

Release 1.0
The 1.0 release is the initial release. This release replaces the old ALEPH programming languagewhich has been discontinued.

Release history

04/19/2005: release 1.0.3
This release incorporates the necessary files that support GCC 4. It also provides some minor fixes that were preventing the compilation on some 64 bits platforms.

03/02/2005: release 1.0.2
This release incorporates a minor fix that could cause the build process to fail.

02/16/2005: release 1.0.1
This release incorporates a minor fix that could cause the build process to fail.

01/16/2005: release 1.0.0
This is the primary release 1.0.0 which originated from the ALEPH programming languageand which has been discontinued. A complete history of the language is provided in the description page.

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